Vistas Online 2011

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


S.A.G.E. An Exploratory Investigation of the Effectiveness of a Program for Learners with Trauma and Academic Challenges

Susan H. Marcus and Joyce V. Abel


The SAGE program (Skills and Approaches to Grade Excellence) was developed in order to address the unique needs of these students. It has three components: 1) testtaking techniques, 2) cognitive restructuring, and 3) mind-body-spirit practices that integrate intellectual, emotional, and physiological responses and generalize the benefits to other stressful times (e.g., working with hospital patients) as well as during test-taking situations. The program is conducted across five meetings, and has a training manual for faculty, supporting materials for students, and structured activities for each session. This paper summarizes the preliminary research on the effectiveness of the SAGE Program in treating 79 nursing students from 2005 to 2007 who exhibited symptoms of ITA.

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